Encourage your child to take responsibility for their belongings and to pack their own school bag. All items should be clearly named.
8:50am – Music starts playing
8:55am – Bell rings: students enter the school and are to be seated in their classroom ready to learn by 9:00am
It is important that all students are at school on time and settled in their classrooms ready to learn by 9:00am.
10:40am – Recess
11:10am – 12:50pm – Class
12:50pm – Lunch under supervision
1:05pm – 1:50pm – Lunch break
1:50pm – 3:30pm – Class
3:30pm – All students dismissed
Please discourage sharing of food due to nut and other food allergies present in some classes. Please check with the class teacher before giving food to children. e.g Birthday cupcakes.
Hi there! We are the Foundation Team at Hawthorn West Primary School!
The Foundation Area at Hawthorn West Primary School is a vibrant, exciting and buzzing place. The students and teachers in this space love working together every day to learn, be challenged, connect and have fun. We live and work by our school values of Connectedness, Curiosity & Confidence to ensure we Achieve Excellence in everything that we do.
Our teachers ensure that our learning caters to our varied needs, providing us with a range of experiences that are hands on, differentiated and student centered. We love learning through play and inquiry.
Each day we engage in structured Reading and Writing Workshops where we learn about the nuts and bolts of reading and writing. We also take part in daily numeracy sessions where we learn about number, counting, shape, measurement, problem solving and most importantly how maths relates to our world.
As the up and coming students of Hawthorn West, it is imperative that we are 21st century learners! We like to use technology to support our learning in the Foundation area. Each classroom has desktop computers and iPads to use. We use these tools to practice skills such as counting and letter knowledge, as well as to present our learning and ideas.
Each week we take part in 4 Specialist classes: Music, Physical Education, Japanese & Visual Art. We have specialist teachers who take us for these classes each week. We see these teachers for 50 minutes per week. We also spend 1 session per week in the Library and 1 session per fortnight with our Grade 5 Buddies who we love!
Every Friday we work on our Speaking and Listening skills by taking part in our version of ‘Show and Tell’. For this we work in small groups, taking on special roles within our group to present and share our information or item. On Fridays we also participate in rotational PMP activities where we are challenged to improve our gross and fine motor skills, along with our social and personal learning.
Welcome to the Grade 1/2 page where we celebrate our learning at Hawthorn West Primary School.
The students and teachers enjoy learning new and energetic things in our school buildings. We love to be challenged through open ended tasks with new concepts being taught regularly.
Literacy is an important start to our day and we provide explicit Learning Intentions based on the skill being taught. We conduct differentiated teaching groups with independent structured activities whilst giving students’ choice about their reading or writing content through the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop programs.
Our Numeracy lessons can be great fun as we learn new concepts and how these relate to the real world. We reinforce these concepts through games using playing cards, dominoes and dice as well as website and iPads apps you can also play at home.
Technology is an important skill we explicitly teach our students. We are very lucky to have 6 computers and 3 iPads in each room. We also use the bank of laptops in the LRC each week.
Each week we have 4 Specialist classes where our students love learning Music, Physical Education, Japanese and Visual Art. Please visit the Specialist Blog where you can learn more about these fantastic programs.
We look forward to our families visiting our classrooms soon.
We are the Grade 3/4 Team at Hawthorn West Primary School.
Come in a see us in the grade 3/4 area, we love our collaborative learning space. Out students are fun and vibrant, and can work calmly and respectfully.
We value literacy and numeracy and love learning life skills through our Inquiry units. We love challenging our students through open ended tasks with new concepts being taught regularly. We also learn all about technology through the use of iPads, iPods, cameras and laptops to name a few. We make sure we are safe on technology by following our Cyber Safety guidelines.
Each week we have 4 Specialist classes where our students love learning Music, Physical Education, Japanese and Visual Art.
Please come on in and visit us soon!
Grade 5/6 is full of vibrant, enthusiastic students who are seen as role models at Hawthorn West Primary School. We have created a positive community of learners who work and learn collaboratively. The backbone to our community are our school values:
Curious, Confident, Connected learners, who Achieve Excellence.
We have made Engagement and Wellbeing a priority in Grade 5/6 and focus on differentiating activities to cater for all students’ abilities and needs. Students are encouraged to show their independence and are given a voice and choice in their learning. Teachers work with the students to create learning goals and set high expectations.
On a typical day in the 5/6 Community you will see us engaged in a structured Reader’s Workshop program, where students select ‘Just Right Books’ for their Independent Reading and have vigorous discussions and debates in small Book Clubs that focus on their Speaking and Listening skills. A Writer’s Workshop lesson allows the students to follow the writing process / cycle as we explicitly teach techniques that focus on the 6+1 Traits of Writing. The Numeracy session involves solving open ended problems and hands on learning. And finally an Inquiry lesson; where students develop their skills in researching, synthesizing, presenting and forming their own opinions around various topics aligned to the curriculum.
We are also a part of the Boroondara Interschool Sports league where we play summer and winter sports against local schools in our district.
Please feel free to visit us some time and have a look at the Grade 5/6 Learning Community. We are proud of our amazing students and what we have achieved. Plus we have just finished our ‘Reno Rebels’ Numeracy/ Inquiry project, where the students researched, budgeted and bought brand NEW classroom furniture for all four classrooms. It looks amazing!
Minasan Yokoso (みんなさんようこそ). Welcome everyone to Japanese at Hawthorn West.
Once a week, all classes from Foundation to Grade 56 are taught Japanese for fifty minutes in their classrooms. The aim of the Japanese environment is to immerse and engage students in the language and culture of Japan. Students are introduced to the hiragana and kanji writing scripts and develop their knowledge through interactive activities such as role plays, IPad apps and computer programs. Programs such as Languages Online and Quizlet are regularly utilised.
At Hawthorn West Primary School, all music lessons utilise a Kodály-based methodology. Key aspects of the Kodály methodology include:
- Singing comes first. Instruments are introduced once a solid foundation has been developed.
- Movement is an integral aspect and is introduced through singing games and folk dancing.
- Folk songs are essential. Folk songs are often known by the child’s family and therefore encourage sharing of musical knowledge and community building through music outside of school. Folk songs are also generally simple songs that use a narrow range of notes, allowing for all individuals to sing along and quickly pick up the tune.
- Sequential and developmentally appropriate. Musical concepts are introduced in a carefully sequenced manner and are suited to students’ developmental stages. For example, research has shown that students find it difficult to keep a steady beat when walking until the age of 7. Therefore, encouraging the child to initiate the beat by clapping their hands or rocking their body is more effective in the earlier years.
- Musical literacy (reading and writing music). Just as students should learn to read and write, they should also become fluent in the language music. Reading and writing music allows students to freely convey their ideas with other musicians and independently learn new music. Being fluent in the language of music gives students the freedom to communicate and work with other individuals around the world without necessarily being able to speak the same language. First, however, students need to be ‘Tuneful, Beatful and Artful’! This means that they can sing in tune, keep a steady beat and connect with the expressive nature of music.
In Foundation and Grade 1/2, music lessons utilise John Feierabend’s First Steps in Music curriculum, which is a Kodály-based program. In 2019, Foundation students are working through the first year of the curriculum, whilst students in Grade 1/2 are working through the second year. Every lesson covers the eight steps of the ‘musical workout’. These steps are:
- Pitch Exploration
- Song Fragments
- Simple Songs
- Movement Exploration
- Movement for Form and Expression
- Movement with the Beat
In Grades 3 – 6, students work through John Feierabend’s Conversational Solfege Curriculum for the music literacy component of the lesson. Students sing songs and reinforce their learning with a variety of musical games. Students rehearse pieces using a variety of instruments, including the recorder, mallet percussion instruments, ukulele, bucket drums and cups. Students create their own musical works using instruments and music technology. They develop their ability to communicate using traditional music notation and analyse a range of music from a variety of different cultures.
The students are given many opportunities to be curious learners through the exploration of different media and development of their skills in manipulating it to achieve their creative expression.
Students gain confidence by experimenting with construction, paint, textiles, pencils and markers, mixed media etc.
Investigating and comparing artists as well as different styles of art are a regular part of the visual arts program. They also learn about the importance of the elements and principals of art in order to achieve their best. Students use these understandings as a spring board for their own ideas to create 2D and 3D art.
Many units of work in the art room make connections with other programs in the school including inquiry units, numeracy, welfare, science, sustainability, Japanese and literacy. Author/illustrator studies, naming shapes they are using, measuring, cultural investigations, mindfulness art, emotional literacy, using sustainable materials to create a sculpture, and mixing media to see what will happen are all examples of this.
Students work independently or collaboratively depending on the unit of work. Team and partner work gives the students a chance to develop their interpersonal skills, build connections in our community, and learn from each other.
Presentation of work is a skill in itself and the students are given opportunities to work on how best to display their work and give it the finishing touch.